Written by JOHN DELEZA
I was completely surprised to read in this publication the government saying it would consider a request from Malawi Muslims to build them a mosque in Mangochi.
Your story ‘Malawi Muslims feel excluded, want govt. positions’ really infuriated me. It said a communiqué issued at the end of this year’s Ijitima reminded the government to fulfill its pledge to build the mosque.
Who promised them the mosque?
When did government start building houses of worship for religious groups?
What else is the government willing to promise people just to gain popularity.
This politics of appeasement is one reason Malawi is failing to develop. Malawians like handouts. The government should be building schools, hospitals and roads instead of mosques or churches for that matter.
There was another surprising statement from the event. Muslims said they want to be considered for government positions.
Where were these particular Muslims when Bakili Muluzi, a Muslim, was president? Where were they when Cassim Chilumpha, another Muslim, was vice president? What about the Muslims who once served and continue to serve as cabinet ministers?
It’s a lie to say Muslims have been excluded in Malawi. What else does one need when you once occupied the highest office in the land.